Thursday, December 21, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
As we were about to pull two tables together, we were approached by this elderly man, in his seventies, on what we were trying to do. Having explained our intention, he led us to another side instead and arranged for one square table that was barely enough to accommodate six of us comfortably. He rudely rejected our request for another table. We were seated right behind the bus stop by the main road.
The elderly man, staff from a drink stall, took drink orders from our group, less me who decided to order other drink from a different stall. Surprisingly, the other stall I approached could not accept my order. I was surprised to learn that the tables at that portion of the hawker centre are territorised by different drink stalls. Meaning I could not order drink from one stall if I was sitting at another stall's table.
Our food orders arrived and it was too many for our table as expected. We approached the elder man again to add another table as it was evident we need more space for our food that our table could not provide. He rudely rejected us again, quoting that he “would not be able to answer to his boss” in doing so. We wanted to speak to his boss but he was unable to accommodate. Without any valid reason, we told him we would shift the tables ourselves since our food arrived and had no space to hold. The elderly man gave in unwillingly. True enough, the food we ordered filled the two tables we had.
As we dined, we observed similar treatments by the elder man to other groups of customers who arrived subsequently, being cramped into small tables. Worse, he led the groups to cramp close to one another, leaving many other vacant tables nearby. Knowing that his arrangements were obstructing pedestrian passageway, the elderly man even resorted to giving smaller seats to customers to make more space within the cramped confines.
I was more disgusted to witness the elderly man chased a coupled away from “his” table because they ordered drinks from a different stall. The couple was made to shift to a table adjacent to where they sat, which did not look different from any other tables in the whole place.
In all, I was astonished by such inflexible and improper segregation of territories by the drink stalls at the hawker centre that will bring about much unpleasant inconvenience to customers dining there. Furthermore, it was worsen by the rude attitude of the elderly man who was eyeing over “his” tables like a hawk. Ironically, there are many signs displayed throughout the hawker centre that say customers are allowed to sit anywhere in the hawker centre regardless
of the stall we patronise.
I hope that the relevant authorities will address this issue timely before the hawker centre becomes a place renown for such unpleasant dining experience instead its good food. Thank you.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Fried Tilapia Fish
Special Dish... mince poprk with salted fish... and alot of stinking parsley... if I know got so much parsley inside, I would not have oredered this! Yaks!
RIGHT: Lime and Pineapple (I think!)
Saturday, December 9, 2006
Friday, December 8, 2006
Thursday, December 7, 2006
A real friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.
A simple friend doesn't know your parents' first names
A real friend has their phone numbers in their address book.
A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend come early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.
A simple friend hates it when you call after he/she has gone to bed.
A real friend ask you why you took so long to call.
A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
A simple friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real friend could blackmail you with it.
A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps their selves.
A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you HAVE an argument.
A real friend knows that it's not a friendship until after you've had a fight.
A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!
A ball is a circle, no beginning no end. It keeps us together, like our circle of friends.
Let me tell you a secret!
If you want to develop a more pleasing personality and make friends.......... become genuinely interested in other people. Show kindness........ you may be wearing the latest designer label clothes, the hottest brand shoes and the coolest jewelry but if you display sourness and selfishness you'll have a battle ahead of you to make good friends.
Smile.....smile and continue to smile. It costs nothing, enriches those who receive it, happens in a flash but the memory lasts forever, it creates happiness in the home and classroom. A smile can not be bought, begged or borrowed, it comes from the heart. If you want other people to like you....... make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely!
Don't criticize, condemn or complain.
Give people a feeling of importance; praise the good parts of them.
Get the other person to want to do what you want them to by arousing their desires.
Six Ways to Make People Like You:
Be genuinely interested in other people.
Remember and use people's names.
Encourage others to talk about themselves and listen to them.
Discuss what the other person is interested in.
Make the other person feel important.
Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking:
Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never tell someone they are wrong.
If you're wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
Begin in a friendly way.
Start with questions the other person will answer yes to.
Let the other person do the talking.
Let the other person feel the idea is his/hers.
Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view.
Sympathize with the other person.
Appeal to noble motives.
Dramatize your ideas.
Throw down a challenge.
Nine Ways to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment:
Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
Call attention to other people's mistakes indirectly.
Talk about your own mistakes first.
Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
Let the other person save face.
Praise every improvement.
Give them a fine reputation to live up to.
Encourage them by making their faults seem easy to correct.
Make the other person happy about doing what you suggest.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Ok... dun ask me where is this... i know it is near a park for the rich man... sentul or something...
The food is very nice here... and most importantly..... cheap!!! Aiyo... I miss the food.... We had Chicken Wings which we ordered cos every other tables also has a plate... :)
XW's fav... pork knuckle with satay sauce he says... I think it tasted more like pineapple sauce... kekekeke....
Look at what we ate... and guess how much?! All only S$40.... wow.... cheap and delicious!!! Wish Singapore got such nice food!
So... the variety of kueh... so amazing...
Mini Nasi Lemak and Mini Mee Siam... wow... simi lai eh!?
Wow... so mini... didn't get to taste it though... cos we tabao back and it was abit chow sng liow...
And they got plenty of other nonya dishes also... yummmmm.....
Monday, December 4, 2006
Friday, December 1, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she can see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, "now that you can see the world, will you marry me?" The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend is blind too, and refused to marry him.
Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying. "Just take care of my eyes dear."
This is how human mental thoughts changes when their status changed. Only few remember what life was before, and who's always been there even in the most painful situations.
Think of someone who can't speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food
Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife
Think of someone who's crying out for a companion.
Today before you complain about life
Think of someone who went too early to heaven.
Before you complain about your children
Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn't clean or sweep
Think of the people who are living in the streets.
Before whining about the distance you drive
Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job
Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.
But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another
Remember that not one of us are perfect.
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down
Put a smile on your face and be contented that you're alive and still around.
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:15 PM
Subject: FW: Impact of the 7% GST Hike - Interesting
This is a good one and must forward a copy to our Finance Minister and the Prime Minister. The rich become richer and the poor becomes poorer.
In 2006, if after rebates etc and your net taxable income is $60,000, the income tax you need to pay is $2,700 ( 8.75%). If you spend $800 a month on needed goods and services, the GST paid for 5% will be $480 Total=$3,180 in Tax paid.
In 2007, if after rebates etc and your net taxable income is $60,000, the income tax you need to pay is $2,600 ( 8.50%). If you spend $800 a month on needed goods and services, the GST paid for 7% will be $672 Total=$3,272 in Tax paid.
From $3,180 to $3,272, the effective increase is +2.89%.
In 2006, if after rebates etc and your net taxable income is $400,000, the income tax you need to pay is $61,650 (21%). If you spend $4,000 a month on needed goods and services, the GST paid for 5% will be $2,400 Total=$64,050 in Tax paid.
In 2007, if after rebates etc and your net taxable income is $400,000, the income tax you need to pay is $58,700 (20%). If you spend $4,000 a month on needed goods and services, the GST paid for 7% will be $3,360 Total=$62,060 in Tax paid.
From $64,050 to $62,060, the effective decrease is -3.11%.
In 2006, if after rebates etc and your net taxable income is $25,000, the income tax you need to pay is $187.50 ( 3.75%). If you spend $800 a month on needed goods and services, the GST paid for 5% will be $480 Total=$667.50 in Tax paid.
In 2007, if after rebates etc and your net taxable income is $25,000, the income tax you need to pay is $175 ( 3.5%). If you spend $800 a month on needed goods and services, the GST paid for 7% will be $672 Total=$847 in Tax paid.
From $667.50 to $847, the effective increase is +26.89%.
The fact is: The poorer you are the more the GST is going to make you poorer. So you must make more money and spend more money to save on GST.